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Day Eight: Concertos For 2 & 3 Harpsichords (CD 1-8)

August 4th, 2011 · No Comments · 1735, BWV 1061, BWV 1062, BWV 1063, BWV 1064, Byrds, CD 1-8, Concertos For 2 and 3 Harpsichords, Menno van Delft, Musica Amphion, Pedal Steel Greats, Pieter-Jan Belder

A couple of decades ago, a buddy of mine — who was into Country Rock (stuff like the Byrds, in their alt-Country Sweetheart of the Rodeo era, and various Country artists) — joked with me about an abhorrent instrument called the pedal steel guitar. I told him I really hated that sound. He said, “Then […]

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Day Three: Orchestral Suites 1 & 2 (CD 1-3)

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Andrew Manze, Bach at 40-54, Baroque, BWV 1066, BWV 1067, CD 1-3, Christoph Lehmann, Fugue, La Stravaganza Koln, Leipzig, Masahiro Arita, Mozart, Musica Amphion, Orchestral Suites 1 and 2, Period Instruments, Transverse Flute

When this CD began to play, my mind couldn’t find the melody in the music. “Are we listening to an orchestra tuning up?” I asked my wife. “I can hear a melody there,” she said. Of course, she’s a musician who plays the French horn. So her ears are probably sharper than mine. Or maybe […]

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Day Two: Brandenburg Concertos 4-6 (CD 1-2)

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Bach at 36, Baroque, Brandenburg Concertos 4-6, BWV 1049, BWV 1050, BWV 1051, CD 1-2, Christian Ludwig, French horns, Harpsichord, Margrave of Brandenburg, Musica Amphion, Period Instruments, Pieter-Jan Belder, Recorder, Recorder Home Page, Red Priest

What sounded harsh to my ears with CD 1 (Brandenburg Concertos 1-3) because of the period instruments now sounds exactly right. Perhaps I’ve gotten used to their tone. Or maybe I’m hearing these concertos as if for the first time because I’m used to listening to Sir Neville Marriner’s Academy of St. Martin in the […]

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Day One: Brandenburg Concerts 1-3 (CD 1-1)

July 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Bach at 36, Brandenburg Concertos 1-3, BWV 1046, BWV 1047, BWV 1048, CD 1-1, Christian Ludwig, French horns, Margrave of Brandenburg, Musica Amphion, Period Instruments, Pieter-Jan Belder

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1-2-3 are probably among the 3-4 most-recognized classical recordings in the world, and are one of my personal top four pieces of classical music (after Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” “Symphony No. 40 in G minor,” and “Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major”). This Brilliant Classics version of the Brandenburg Concertos was […]

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